By Chris Stonor
DroneUp has announced today it has completed the first smart city drone delivery in Ontario, California, alongside Brookfield Properties at New Haven. Other firsts for the residents of Ontario and the New Haven “Masterplan Community” include robot carts, e-scooters and smart hubs.
These tech advancements result from long-term investment by the City of Ontario and Brookfield Properties that aims to be “one of the most progressive cities in the U.S”. New Haven is the fastest growing community in California and 5th in the U.S.
DroneUp, along with drone software leader Airspace Link, have collaborated to bring drone delivery from New Haven Marketplace businesses and services directly to residents. Following these trials, Ontario and New Haven plan to offer the first authorised drone flights that will also be the first near a major airport (Ontario International Airport) and the first with direct city involvement.
Ontario Mayor Paul S. Leon said, “The New Haven masterplan debuted in 2015 as a ‘gigabit community,’ with lightning-fast downloads far surpassing other cities in the country. Since then, our partnership with Brookfield Residential has continued to deliver the best, most cutting-edge, and practical technology.”
He continued, “It’s all about Community, Connectivity, and Convenience. And these new tools – enhancing and simplifying life at New Haven – boost sustainability and businesses while propelling Ontario among the nation’s top, smart-technology cities.”
Ontario Mayor Paul S. Leon
Michael Healander, CEO of Airspace Link, commented, “Brookfield Properties recognises a need for greater connectivity and convenience with residential homes and populations migrating out of downtown urban environments and into more rural and suburban environments.”
Tripp Shannon, CRO of DroneUp, added, “Drones are the future of developing smart cities. This is particularly true for residential and retail developments seeking to create an ecosystem where engaging drones can advance connecting people to services with speed and convenience, eliminating traffic while also offering sustainable and greener options for receiving goods and services.”
And continued, “Ontario is forward-thinking. We are pleased to support their testing initiative to streamline city operations so that city planners can improve their understanding of how communities work together using technology.”
Based at Virginia Beach, Virginia, DroneUp was founded in 2016 by Tom Walker.The companydevelops SaaS platforms which have patented mobile app technology available via the Apple App and Google Play Stores.
Today, DroneUp works with more than 20,000 drone pilots to serve its customer portfolio and is dedicated to connecting communities to drone technology globally. Last month, the company received a significant investment from Walmart, after a series of successful trials with the supermarket chain starting in 2020.
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